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NAIJA NEWSPAPERS: TODAY'S THE LEADERSHIP NEWSPAPER HEADLINES [12 DECEMBER, 2017].


Below are the headlines found on The Leadership Online Newspaper for today, Tuesday, 12 December, 2017.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The federal government will this week release another N750 billion capital vote from the 2017 budget to ministries, department and agencies (MDAs) for execution of capital projects in the country.

Minister of Finance, Mrs. Kemi Adeosun, who disclosed this yesterday said the sum of N450 had been released for capital expenditures within the last five months of passage of the budget.

“Last year, we released about N1.3 trillion of capital. So far this year, we have released N450 billion. But this week we will release another N750 billion. That will take us again to about N1.2 trillion by the end of the year”, the minister said while addressing a business delegation from France in her office in Abuja.

Adeosun told the delegation led by Philip Labonne that, while Nigeria is on the part to recovery, “it’s a new type of economy we are trying to build”.

Earlier, Mr. Labonne who congratulated the federal government for the recovery plan it is carrying out inquired of the minister on the nation’s economic strength, areas of growth, and stability of the naira.

Responding to his request, Adeosun said, “ We see growth in a number of sectors. We see growth in health, simply due to the sheer size of our population. We see growth in services, banking. We see opportunities in manufacturing and in power. In fact, there is fully no sector of the Nigerian economy that doesn’t have growth”.

She told the delegation that the federal government is trying to provide the enabling infrastructure to turn the potentials of opportunities in the country into reality.

“Based on macro fundamentals, the naira is fairly priced and we think there will be stability in the naira pricing, which of course allows you to plan”, the finance minister told the delegation from the various sectors.

Labonne also expressed delight over the stability of the naira, which he said brings more expectations and benefits around business table.

The investors have portfolios from various sectors, including oil and gas, energy, logistics, health, banks, services and Agriculture. Apart from the federal government, the business delegation is also billed to meet with different private sector operators in Lagos.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The newly elected national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday resumed office, declaring that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its propaganda will not distract the opposition party under his watch.

He further described the governing APC as a broken government, asserting that Nigerians now know the truth that it is a party of propaganda.

Secondus who stated this during the handover ceremony at the party’s national secretariat described former national chairman of the party, Sen Ahmed Makarfi, as a hero for being firm in managing the party at its most trying period.

The new PDP chairman however assured that he has already started the process of reconciling party members who feel aggrieved with the outcome of his emergence last Saturday.

Noting that his emergence is divine, Secondus stressed that there are no barriers to former party members who left for whatever reason and intend to return to the party.

He said, “We want to assure our people that we are now ready to take this party, put it together and make sure we are ready for election in 2019. We will never be distracted by the propaganda of the ruling party.

“Nigerians now know the truth that all they (APC) are saying are lies and that they are out to intimidate. We don’t need to be distracted by them”.

Assuring PDP youths of a special place in the party, he said, “APC is running a broken government and we need to rescue the nation from their hands”.

Secondus further said it was no victor no vanquish in the outcome of the convention.

He said, “Our first assignment is to bring all and sundry together; that is reconciliation. We will go out to reassure our party members who left for any reason to return to this party. We have already started the work and it will be productive. Your Excellency (Makarfi), I can assure you that that will be our first assignment”.

He noted that party leaders at state and regional levels would have more powers to resolve conflicts so that the party at the national level will be free of distractions to ensure victory in 2019.

He continued: “We have only one agenda and that is to reclaim power in 2019. State executives should carry out their duties. You are the field commanders. Start addressing national issues in your various states. We will decentralize power from the center so that we can achieve our main mission.

“We want to be free at national level so that we can focus. All conflicts and settlements must be conducted from the state and end at zonal level.

“We want Wadata to be free and not to be under pressure. The pressure is too much here. We want to free ourselves from pressure so that we will remain focused. With all your support we will win the election in 2019”.

He added that the party’s leadership would embark on a retreat soon and come up with policy statements.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Kogi State governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has commended President Muhammadu Buhari for stabilising the economy and stamping out graft.

Speaking in Lokoja through his director general, Media and Publicity, Kingsley Fanwo, the governor said the 2019 presidential election will clear the doubts of some self-centered leaders who think Nigerians will choose corruption over transparency.

According to Governor Bello, President Buhari has removed the country’s economy from the woods of corruption and corruption-driven recession, saying the president’s fiscal responsibility has cured the nation of the irresponsible economic policies of the past.

“President Muhammadu Buhari stands tall among transparent leaders around the world. He is an example of a leader who is incorruptible and impeccably transparent. Nigerians will clear the doubts of those who think four years is enough to forget the rot of the past.

“Nobody is underestimating the importance and strength of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar. He was a part of the movement that stopped the rot in 2015.

“But Nigerians should not forget that the poster of the revolution against corruption and impunity was the cherubic Muhammadu Buhari. He is one man that is trusted by the masses of this nation. He was in Kano and the city reminded those who thought they can displace him in 2019 that there won’t be vacancy in Aso Rock that year.

“Buhari is respected worldwide as an antidote to corruption, an unrepentant fighter against graft and class. His modesty has given hope to the masses of Nigeria that there is hope for the black race.”

Bello urged Nigerians to be undaunted by the “last kicks of a dying horse,” saying the All Progressives Congress needed a “viable opposition to keep government on the track of service to the people”.

The governor said the success story in the agricultural sector of the state is a “clear indication of the power of change and an indomitable desire to rebound the economy of the nation”, assuring that his administration will continue to deliver democracy dividends to the people of the state.

“We are making life easier for the people of the state through programs and projects that touch their lives directly. Kogi is witnessing tremendous transformation and we shall not rest until we deliver every one of the promises we made to the Kogi people,” he said.
Tue, 12 Dec 2017
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, yesterday said it will appeal against the ruling of the Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal, which  held that the agency lacked powers to investigate or prosecute serving judicial officials except where such officers have been dismissed by the National Judicial Council.

A statement by the spokesman, Wilson Uwajuerau, said the commission considered the ruling a dangerous precedent that had no basis in law.

The anti graft agency said it was  confident that the Supreme Court will upturn the judgment. “Criminal trial takes precedence over administrative procedures and it is strange that the Court of Appeal wants to put the cart before the horse. This is ridiculous! The appellate court simply wants to confer immunity on public officers from prosecution for corruption, it will not stand.”

The Lagos Division of the Court of Appeal had, earlier yesterday, struck out the charge of unlawful enrichment to the tune of $260,000 and N8,650,000 brought against Justice Hyeladzira Nganjiwa of the Federal High Court by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a judgement delivered by Justice Obaseki Adejumo, the appellate court held that the National Judicial Council (NJC) must first perform its constitutional role of disciplining the judge and recommending him for prosecution before the EFCC can file charges against him.

Justice Nganjiwa, who is one of the five judicial  officers earlier suspended by the NJC, was arraigned on June 23, 2017 by the EFCC on a 14-count charge of collecting bribes to pervert the course of justice. The case was filed before Justice Adedayo Akintoye of the Lagos State High Court in Igbosere.

The commission claimed that the judge received the money through his bank account between 2013 and 2015.

The EFCC also alleged that the sums did not correspond with the judge’s salary and he could not explain the source of the funds.

Before he was arraigned, his lawyer, Chief Robert Clarke (SAN) had filed a preliminary objection insisting that the court did not have the jurisdiction to hear the case because it is only the NJC that is constitutionally empowered to discipline a serving judge.

Justice Nganjiwa had also argued through his lawyer that that the charge ‘improperly’ addressed him by not referring to him as a judge.

Clarke, who cited Section 6 (6)(a) of the 1999 Constitution, submitted that the due process of law requires that any misconduct committed by a sitting judicial officer should firstly be investigated and handled by the NJC.

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Ifeanyi Omokwe The Federal Civil Service as a politically-independent machinery of the government has taken a major step in charting a new course for itself in a bid to make it efficient, productive, incorruptible and citizen-centred (EPIC).This was the term used by the head of the Civil Service of the Federation, Mrs Winifred Oyo-Ita, recently at the inauguration of the project management teams for the implementation of the 2017-2020 Federal Civil Service Strategy and Implementation Plan (FC 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Team Civil Defence of Abuja yesterday in Lagos won the NCC Tennis League Cup by beating Team Muller 4-0 in a tie the latter were considered favourites to win.The Civil Defence team were making their third attempt at winning the cup which this year had a whopping N7 million naira as prize for the champions. In 2015, the team which this year had the national mens and womens champions, lost in the finals to Team Tombim of Abuja and last year were eliminated in the semifinals by Team Offikwu of Kadu 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr is aiming to win the 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon after extending his contract with the Nigeria Football Federation for two more years.Three-time champions Nigeria missed out on the 2015 and 2017 edition of the African Cup of Nations, and trail leaders Libya and South Africa by three points in Group E of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.The verbal agreement was reinforced by an official handshake, said Rohr to football365.fr.We met in M 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
As the charity football match between African Legends and Kano Pillars football club, for internally displaced persons in the country continues to gather momentum, the chairman of NPFL club owners Association Barrister Isaac Danladi has thrown his weight behind the historic exhibition football game.Danladi who is also the chairman of Nassarawa Utd football club made the assertion when the Local Organising Committee paid him a courtesy visit in Kano ahead of the League Management Company LMC Annu 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
BY HENRY TYOHEMBA, Abuja The United Nations, through the Nigeria Humanitarian Fund, has allocated $13.4 million to help thousands of children, women and men in need of urgent humanitarian assistance in crisis-hit north-east Nigeria.In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, the National public information officer, UN office, Abuja, Abiodun Babies said the humanitarian emergency in the northeastern Nigeria is one of the most severe in the world today, with 8.5 million people in need of life-saving 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By CHIMA AKWAJA, Lagos United States of America businesses generated N1trillion revenue for Nigeria in 2016 financial year and made contribution of more than N34.4 billion to the tax revenue according to published survey conducted by global tech, strategy, digital and consulting service firm, Accenture and two other firms released yesterday in Lagos.Accenture recently collaborated with the American Business Council (ABC) in Nigeria to conduct and publish a survey on American companies operating 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
BY ANTHONY AWUNOR, Lagos with agency report The prevailing hazy weather over major parts of the country has continued to disrupt flight operations, especially in the southern part of the country.The disruption has led to flight cancellations by many airlines. The flight cancellations in many airports across the country began on Thursday.An Enugu-bound Ethiopian flight was reportedly forced to return to Addis Ababa on Saturday at the point of landing because of bad weather.At the Nnamdi Azikiwe I 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By Chika Okeke, Abuja The European Union has vowed to spend 20 percent of its 2014- 2020 budget, totalling about 14 billon in addressing the challenges of climate change and biodiversity in Nigeria and 20 developing countries.The representative of the EU delegation to the African Union, Mr Pietro Nardi stated this yesterday at the opening of regional steering committee meeting of the Great Green Wall for the Sahara and Sahel Initiative (GGWSSI), organised by the National Agency for the Great Gre 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
BYCHIDINMA OKEKE Nigerian Breweries Plc (NB) has approved slight changes in its management structure as it announced the appointment of Mr. Jordi Borrut Bel as the Companys Managing Director/CEO.A statement made available to newsmen said the appointment takes effect from January 22, 2018. Mr. Borrut Bel will succeed Mr. Johan Doyer who has served as Managing Director/CEO on an interim basis since June 16, 2017.According to the statement, NBs Board of Directors has informed the Nigerian Stock Exc 

Tue, 12 Dec 2017
By OLUSHOLA BELLO, Lagos The Nigerian Stock Exchange (NSE) has admitted an additional volume of 51.3 million ordinary shares of 50 kobo each of Union Bank of Nigeria Plc on the daily official list of the Exchange.The additional shares were listed on NSE on December 4, 2017 and the shares arose from the banks Long Term Transformation Incentive Plan (LTTIP). NSE said with this listing of 51.3 million ordinary shares, the total issued and fully paid up shares of Union Bank now stood at 16.987 billi